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According to Finnish law, a person under 18 years of age is a child. Under 18-year-olds must always have at least one guardian. Usually, the child’s own parents are his or her guardians.

When a person turns 18, they come of age.

According to Finnish law, all children are equal regardless of their background or age.

The rights and obligations stipulated by Finland’s constitution apply to all children living in Finland. According to this constitution, children must be treated equally as individuals and they must be able to have an influence on the issues that concern themselves.

Also have a look at the InfoFinland pages Financial support for families and Early childhood education.